Friday 9th March 2018

Our apologies for not getting a Blog to you last week…. the weather conditions finally beat us, despite our best efforts all week, and we were forced to close the school for the day on Friday as the campus had become unsafe and a number of roads impassable.  It’s lovely for us as a school family to welcome back the Headteacher, Mr. Graham Hughes, on a phased return this week.

Our whole school assembly today was on the theme of ‘Blame’.  Thanks to our readers Molly  Cartwright and Kalum Guest, both from Year 9.  We all enjoyed the report on the Sixth Form trip to Iceland, brought by Violet Katawaluwa and Nick Clark.  Everybody has clearly had a wonderful experience.  We closed main assembly with another fantastic performance from our Year 7 rock band!  Louis Crank, Isaac Holmes and Evan Spray who rocked the sports hall with an awesome version of ‘Beat It’, by Michael Jackson.

We celebrated St. David’s Day in style on Thursday last week.  Our Welsh Department led main assembly and Hannah Griffiths from Year 13 played the harp beautifully.  In the morning some lower school students enjoyed interactive sessions with Ed Holden, a Welsh ‘beat-boxer’, where they got to try their hand at beat-boxing in Welsh.  Lots of Year 7 students entered Welsh homework competitions and winners were awarded prizes and certificates.  At lunchtime a scavenger hunt was organised for Year 7 students and many also had fun doing Welsh problem solving tasks.  It wasn’t just the students who got to celebrate however.  Our staff enjoyed cakes baked by the Welsh department and lots of money was raised for the Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal.

On Monday this week 35 Key Stage 3 students went to Glan-Llyn for a day of Welsh outdoor activities.  The students enjoyed rock climbing, bowling and even braved the water in canoes, which is pretty impressive stuff when you think that all involved were communicating through the medium of Welsh.  This challenge was overcome admirably, even during the blindfolded rock climbing and canoe racing events!  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day.  Diolch Glan-Llyn am gynnal diwrnod gwych.

As you may recall, we recently celebrated ‘Safer Internet Day’ to promote positive use of digital technology for young people.

We offered our students the opportunity to explore the role we all play in maintaining a safe online community.

A number of students created their own Safer Internet Day Meme for a school competition.

Congratulations to the following:

Lilly Daniels Year 7,

Archie Peffers Year 8,

Kieran Edwards Year 9 (all winners)

and Euan Hughes Year 7,  Amelie Griffiths Year 8, Erin Crawford Year 9 (runners up).

We are proud of our Year 8 Rugby team once again, who competed in one of the final rounds of the Welsh Cup.  Their overnight trip to Barry Island didn’t produce the win we all wanted but our lads put in a great performance.  In further rugby news, we wish those Year 10 boys who have been selected for the RGC Squad all the best for their big game tonight against Bridgend Schools (Isaac Lecki, Alex Foster, Toby Rees-Slawson and Tommy Ellis).  Good luck also to our KS4 Basketball squad as they travel down to Cardiff next weekend for the Welsh finals.  Bring back the cup for us!

Capping off another really busy week in school, we hosted a transition activity for Year 6 boys in order to help them get used to life in secondary school.  We really look forward to welcoming all of our new intake in the coming months.

We received a really strong set of Welsh Baccalaureate results for students in Years 11 and 13 this week and are encouraged by the revision already undertaken by students in exam classes in all subjects, in preparation for further external examinations.

Thank you to all parents/carers who attended our Year 9 Parents’ Evening last week.  We hold our Year 10 Parents’ Evening, starting at 4pm, on Thursday 15th March.

Tickets for our Spring Concert on Thursday 22nd March are now on sale from Mrs. Jan Southwell.  It promises to be a great evening.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.